National Lottery funding boost to Launchpad’s work and life skills centre

We are delighted to announce Launchpad has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the maintenance of Launchpad 135, our life and work skills centre.

The grant will help fund the centre’s core running costs over three years – helping to cover some staff salaries, utilities and IT, building maintenance, insurance and the cleaning of the centre. Accessing this funding helps Launchpad maintain the building, keep the centre open and staffed, which is the first step in providing this vital service so vulnerable people learn new skills, build confidence and get back into work. Launchpad 135, which is located in Cardiff Road in Reading and opened in 2021, offers bespoke facilities such as a training kitchen, a DIY workshop, a hairdressing and barbering station, and an IT suite. Clients can access counselling; cookery and barista training; job searching, CV and interview sessions; and art and crafts and music workshops at the centre.

Sharon Mullis, Launchpad 135 centre manager said, “We’re delighted to have been successful with this application process and the funding is a huge help. Keeping the centre open and delivering vital support for people in need, have significant costs attached to it. While we continue to fundraise to cover things such as monthly mortgage payments, tutors, equipment, training and the remaining running costs – this grant really will help us to keep the lights on, staff the centre and look after the wonderful facilities we have for the next three years. It’s a huge reassurance and we are incredibly grateful to the Community Fund – and it will enable us to focus on helping vulnerable people leave homelessness behind for good through our fantastic service.”

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK and the initiative distributes a share of this, via an application process with strict conditions, to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive. 


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